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Hi there! So, what I’ve learned recently is that pearls divide people. At a wedding show some time ago, I overheard a stall holder tell a formerly-feeling-fabulous-fiance that her pearl engagement ring could bring bad luck…. (er, thanks for that.) What I reckon is that the perfect pearl hair accessory could actually save the day (or the hairdo anyway.) That’s good luck in my little white book…

There are ‘shell’ loads (sorry) of pearly hair accessories out there – tiaras, bun rings, combs, vines, clips, you name them. Check my Pinterest board for some inspo then click through this gallery to see if your match made in pearl heaven is there.

My Top Tips to consider when choosing your hair accessories

  1. Nail down your dress first. It’ll be a tough ask to find a dress to suit the accessory. You don’t want to risk over-blinging your bridal look if say, like me you opt for a sparkly frock.
  2. Does the metal suit your skin tone and the colour of your dress? I love, love, love gold hair accessories but against an ivory dress can look grubby. (*shudders)
  3. Check it from all angles. Once you’ve landed a hair look you love, snap it from all angles, just to make sure you’re 100% happy with your tiara/clip/comb/garland etc.
  4. Unless you’re a member of the Royal Ballet, if your heart is set on a high bun or a tightly pulled-back chignon, avoid tiaras that’ll make you look like you’ve just pirouetted in from Swan Lake. This is particularly important when thinking about any close-up photos.
  5. Less is more. I’m talking about general bridal bling here. Tiara, drop earrings, necklace… You don’t need to check off every box. If you want the focus up at hair level, go for simple studs and lose the neck wear altogether.
  6. Fresh flowers are always nice, particularly if you’re getting married abroad or in an outdoorsy setting. I’d go for a daisy chain or a single large hydrangea on top of a bun personally. Whatever blooms float your bridal boat, ask your florist to attach them to wire so they’re easy to wind in. Just remember not to blast them with hairspray or they’ll have wilted before you can say…. “I do.”
  7. So my Jenny Packham headband came with a silvery grey band which, at my trial took ages to hide within my dark hair. Before the wedding I wrapped the band in embroidery thread by DMC that I colour matched to my hair in Hobbycraft. My hairdresser was very grateful on the day as I was running very late (natch…)

Please let me know if you find something you love? And you know what, if you’re able to enlighten me as to the theory behind pearls bringing bad luck, I’d love to know. To any pearl haters out there, I think they’re really pretty so Pah!

Sarah x

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  • Question: does anyone else’s fiancé make rude comments when you say u like pearls….?😏

    5 years ago : Lils
  • I love this blog! I was introduced to Glitzy Secrets and my pearl and crystal hair comb made my wedding day!

    6 years ago : Sam
  • I thought it was to do with when sand gets into an oyster shell and hurts what’s living inside. The wound becomes a scab which humans have to. Then the scab falls off – that’s the pearl.

    6 years ago : Janinejee
    • Thanks ladies. Reckon you’ve solved it between you. I like the idea of happy tears. Pearl’s a winner I say x

      6 years ago : Sarah Green
  • Hey – I think it’s because pearls represent tears. Obv on your wedding day you could cry happy tears but I think that’s why they are seen as unlucky. Love the website btw xx

    6 years ago : Dexter’sgal